Thursday, November 24, 2011

Bouquets from Baltimore for the Material Girls from Winnipeg

Linda, Laura, Cindy,Cherie and Caroline (missing from photo). In 1997 these 6 women (myself included), met at a local quilt shop in Winnipeg.
We connected and bonded around our love of needle and thread.
We became friends over "Samplers", "Piecemakers", "Little Brown Birds", "Baltimore Bouquets", etc..
We are the "Material Girls" from Winnipeg.

Working on this quilt, I was always reminded of the warmth and friendship of these women and how much I miss them.


To friends to inspire.

To friends who encourage.

To friends who share hugs liberally.

Thanks guys! This quilt's for you.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Baltimore Bouquet

It's been a long time coming, but my "Baltimore Bouquets" quilt, ( from a pattern by Mimi Dietrich), is finally complete. Every stitch is hand crafted; from the applique and embroidery, to the piecing and quilting. The 9 blocks were appliqued and embroidered between the years of 1999 and 2000. Set aside for the next 4 years, I again picked it up in the year 2004, when I completed the border applique and much of the quilting. Thus it had been stored until January of this year, when I again "unearthed" it and made a determined effort to complete it before years end. The last stitch was made this past week. Hurray!

The intricate applique required in a traditional applique pattern, such as the Baltimore Bouquet, deserves to be treated in the traditional manner from time to time. There is great satisfaction in completing a piece entirely by hand. Although much of my current work is done entirely or partially on the sewing machine, hand work is still my first love. Hand work cannot be measured in the time spent to make it, but rather in the satisfaction and joy that each stitch brings. Computers and sewing machines have brought exciting possibilities to today's quilter, but our long standing heritage of hand work should not be forgotten and lost for todays new generation of textile artisans.

The techniques are needle turn applique and hand quilting. It is accented with embroidery: satin stitch, french knots, stem stitch and beading.

It has been given dimension by ruching, pleating, gathering and padding.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fun and Fresh Colour Choices

When designing a new quilt, the first element of design that I consider is colour. Colour, even more then design, determines the mood and energy of a piece. My vibrant, bright colour selections for this quilt symbolize the joy and delight that a new baby brings into a family unit.

To achieve this, I chose to work with the primary colours (magenta, yellow, turquoise) and the secondary colours (orange, violet, green) from the Ives Colour Wheel. Bursts of these electric colours on a crisp, fresh, white canvas will best convey the joy and excitement that I would like the quilt to portray.


These were my initial focus fabrics. Three of them did not make the final cut, but they did provide a guideline for the eventual choices.


The process of interviewing the candidates.It's always great fun to go through the stash and play with all of the colours.


Using the primary and secondary colours of the Ives Colour Wheel, the final selection was made.